News Archive

New Article on Sea Ice Predictions

16 June 2014
Median and interquartile range of July SIO predictions, compared with observed September mean sea ice extent. Image courtesy of Stroeve et al. (2014)

A new article by Larry Hamilton and others on the SIPN Team looks at the overall success of informal sea ice predictions contributed to the Sea Ice Outlook (SIO). Their article was published in Witness the Arctic - Spring 2014.

Witness the Arctic

11 June 2014
Witness the Arctic Volume 18 Number 2

The Spring 2014 issue of Witness the Arctic is now available. This issue includes an introduction of the new NSF Director, France A. Córdova; articles about other NSF news, the influence of Arctic climate changes on mid-latitude weather patterns, and the overall success of past Sea Ice Outlook predictions. Also included are updates on: the SEARCH program; NSF-funded projects in Arctic natural sciences, social sciences, and science education; international meetings; and NASA, NOAA, ACADIS, USARC, and the Polar Research Board. Special features in this issue are a perspective on the new ARCUS Vision and Mission statement, interviews with three members of the ARCUS Board of Directors, and Brendan P. Kelly's reflections on Arctic research coordination.

Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee

10 June 2014
Flying over mountains in Alaska.

Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) announces a position opening for a full-time Project Coordinator/Web Manager. The position will be be open until filled; initial review of applications will begin on 27 June 2014.

New Data Available

6 June 2014
Sea Ice

A new sea ice thickness and snow depth product of the Arctic Ocean and the Beaufort and Chuckshi Seas is available from NSIDC. The 2014 quicklook data product is available here. The March 2014 CryoSat-2 data product is available here. Data collected on 28 April 2014 are forthcoming.

Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee

5 June 2014
Helicopter comes in to land on the USCG Healy icebreaker after visiting Little Diomede Island, U.S.

An Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 25 at 3:00pm Eastern Time on "Building a Conceptual Framework on How to Assess Food Security From an Alaska Inuit Perspective.” This webinar is open to anyone interested in participating.

Sea Ice Outlook

15 May 2014
Figure 5. Distribution of 2013 Sea Ice Outlook predictions by method and month

The Sea Ice Prediction Network announces the launch of the 2014 Sea Ice Outlook season with the first call for contributions! Join a growing network of sea ice experts and contribute your pan-arctic or regional Outlook for the first report to be published in June.

PolarTREC Resource Available

9 May 2014
Scientists and educators gather in Barrow, Alaska to learn about Iñupiaq Values Framework from Director of Iñupiaq Education, Jana Harcharek, during Arctic Ocean science curriculum workshop.

ARCUS education staff, with partners, facilitated three workshops for scientists and educations to increase science communication and create educational products. A paper was recently published in the Journal of Geoscience Education to identify the importance of those workshops focusing on culturally responsive curriculum based on alaskan marine ecosystems. View contributors and the abstract in the PolarTREC Learning Resources Collection.

Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook

21 April 2014
Photo by Maggie Prevenas - PolarTREC/ARCUS

The Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO), a product of the Study of Environmental Change (SEARCH) and part of SIPN, has launched the 2014 season with weekly reports that combine forecasts, remote sensing data, and local observations for the Northern Bering Sea and southern Chukchi Sea regions of Alaska.

IARPC Webinar

15 April 2014
Image courtesy of NOAA

Announcing an Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Webinar on "Current Science Questions and Activities Related to Arctic Black Carbon" scheduled for Friday, 18 April 2014 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT. The webinar is open to anyone interested in joining.

Image courtesy of NOAA

Sea Ice For Walrus Outlook

28 March 2014
28 March 2014 SIWO Forecast

The 2014 Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook season is now in progress. Weekly reports describing the sea ice and weather conditions in the northern Bering Sea and southern Chukchi Sea will be available each Friday. Satellite imagery and local observations will be updated throughout the week as they are received.

Workshop Webcast

24 March 2014
Photo by Bruce Elder, Courtesy of Robert Harris (PolarTREC 2007)

The Sea Ice Prediction workshop next week will be webcast. Information on how to join, as well as an updated workshop agenda and participant list, can be found on the workshop webpage.

Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee

12 March 2014
A massive marine terminating glacier. Aboard the P-3 Orion, flying over Greenland. Photo by Mark Buesing (PolarTREC 2013)

Announcing a new website for the research community to learn more about the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) and join IARPC collaboration team meetings.

SIPN Team Member in the News

10 March 2014
Julienne Stroeve

Julienne Stroeve is lead author on a Geophysical Research Letters article, "Changes in Arctic melt season and implications for sea ice loss”. The study has received a lot of good press coverage.

Sea Ice Prediction Network

7 March 2014
Photo by Ute Kaden (TREC 2005), Courtesy of ARCUS

The Sea Ice Prediction Network is holding a 2-day workshop in Boulder, Colorado, 1-2 April 2014, to provide a venue for in-depth discussion on the 2014 SEARCH Sea Ice Outlook and related sea ice prediction issues.

April Workshop

6 March 2014
Photo by Ute Kaden (TREC 2005), Courtesy of ARCUS

A 2-day Sea Ice Prediction Network workshop in Boulder, Colorado, will provide a venue for in-depth discussion on the 2014 SEARCH Sea Ice Outlook and related sea ice prediction science.

SIPN Webinar Archive

5 March 2014
Photo by Simone Welch (PolarTREC 2009), Courtesy of ARCUS

The archive of the 20 February SIPN Webinar is now available. This archive includes audio, video, and presentation slides in PDF format.

Witness the Arctic

28 February 2014
Witness the Arctic Volume 18 Number 1

The Winter 2014 issue of Witness the Arctic is now available. This issue includes news about the SEARCH program, NSF meetings and workshops, the Sea Ice Prediction Network, and NOAA’s Arctic Report Card. Also included are articles about data management, climate change impacts on ocean acidification and archaeology, and the Icelandic Arctic Fox Centre. Special features in this issue are interviews with members of the ARCUS Board of Directors and a Member Institution Highlight of Texas A&M.

JASE PolarConnect Webinar

24 February 2014
More modern expeditionaries at the same royal setting. Luke, Claire and Anna. (PolarTREC 2014)

Join us for a PolarConnect (Webinar) event with the Joint Antarctic School Expedition from Chile!

PolarConnect Event is scheduled for:

Date: Tuesday 25 February 2014
Time: 9:30 am Alaska Standard Time

This expedition is a cultural and science exchange between students and teachers of the United States and Chile. Three US students, Claire Hacker, Anna Caldwell-Overdier, and Luke Maillefer, are going to present their experiences in Antarctica from Punta Arenas, Chile. Join them in the LIVE event!

AON Webinar

14 February 2014
Photo by Jeff Otten, Courtesy of Nell Herrmann (PolarTREC 2012)

Join a free webinar on the Arctic Observing Network (AON) on Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 1:30 PM EST. This webinar is one of a series from the National Science Foundation on long-term observing management and governance. The webinar will be archived for those who want to view it afterwards.

Register for Sea Ice Prediction Webinar

6 February 2014
Thin sea ice forming in Chukchi Sea. Aboard the USCGC Healy icebreaker. Photo by Chantelle Rose (PolarTREC 2011)

Registration is now available for a Sea Ice Prediction Network webinar, which will be held on Thursday, 20 February at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Alaska Standard Time. Registration is free and is open to all interested participants, including arctic sea ice researchers, students, decision makers, and others.